Munich-based BMW is launching sales of the new entry-level BMW XM 50e with a six-cylinder plug-in hybrid. You will pay at least 3.24 million crowns for a much more affordable controversy.
Do you remember when the BMW XM attracted a lot of attention with its extreme design? The Munich brand BMW presented it during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the legendary M division as the second independent M model in history, and then put it on sale in two specifications – standard and top-of-the-line Label Red. Even in the Czech Republic, the novelty quickly sold out, and now it is starting to be sold in Europe in a new basic version as well.
BMW launches the BMW XM 50e in Europe. This becomes the most economical, the most ecological and one of the slowest models with the fastest letter in the alphabet, as the brand calls its M. The novelty is already available in the Czech configurator and can be ordered from domestic authorized dealers.
The technical basis of the cheapest BMW XM 50e is a turbocharged three-liter inline six-cylinder B58 with a sporty eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission from ZF, xDrive all-wheel drive and plug-in hybrid electrification. The automaker states that the weakest version of the XM model has a maximum output of 350 kW (476 hp), a torque of up to 700 Nm, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h.
At the same time, the more powerful models with eight cylinders have significantly higher outputs – the standard BMW XM has been 480 kW (653 hp) so far, while the top Label Red version boasts a solid 550 kW (748 hp). They can take your breath away with brutal acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and 3.8 seconds, respectively.
The new weakest plug-in hybrid in the XM family is at the same time slower than its “model-lower” siblings from the “small M” portfolio labeled M Performance, such as the diesel BMW X3 M40d or the petrol BMW M235i Gran Coupé – both of which manage to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h h in 4.9 seconds.
The XM 50e is a plug-in hybrid technology, the same as the more powerful models, and has a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 29.5 kWh (usable 25.7 kWh). BMW officially states that the basic XM 50e can travel up to 83 kilometers purely on electricity and achieve a low combined consumption of 1.3 l/100 km in the WLTP cycle.
In the Czech Republic, the new basic BMW XM 50e goes on sale with a basic price starting at CZK 3,240,900 and is more than one million crowns cheaper than the default standard BMW XM. The production of the new model will start in March this year.